Chemistry majors develop critical thinking and observation skills, while learning lab techniques.



Chemistry majors develop skills in critical thinking, laboratory techniques, and the clear expression of ideas. Chemistry is a great choice if you are planning a career in the chemical industry or if you intend to pursue graduate studies in business, education, or the health sciences.

Why Chemistry at the Mount?

  Employers/Co-op/Grad school and Cost/Aid/Scholarships

Students at Mount St. Joseph University have found great cooperative education opportunities with companies throughout Greater Cincinnati. Organizations that employ Mount students include:


  • All Creatures Animal Hospital
  • Aretek
  • Andy Frain Security
  • Arches of Oak Hills
  • Athletic Republic
  • Athletico
  • Avenues for Success
  • Bayley Life
  • Beacon Orthopedics
  • Bethesda North
  • BLOC Ministries
  • Brighton Center
  • Brookdale
  • Carestar
  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Medical Center
  • Cincinnati Police Department
  • Cincinnati Recreation Commission
  • Cincinnati Red's
  • Cincinnati Sports Club
  • Cincinnati Zoo
  • Conservative Financial
  • Continental Message Solutions
  • Contractors Choice
  • Cumulus Media
  • CVG
  • Deer Park High School
  • DePaul Cristo Rey High School
  • Drayer Physical Therapy
  • Elder High School
  • Encompass Health
  • Envision
  • FC Cincinnati
  • Florence Y’alls
  • Gateway Rehab Hospital
  • Hamilton County Jobs and Family Services
  • Hamilton County Juvenile Court
  • Hamilton County PreTrial Court
  • Home City Ice
  • Howell Rehab
  • Kolping Soccer Club
  • Kroger Pharmacy
  • Lawrenceburg High School
  • Legal Aid Society
  • Mercy Health
  • Messer Construction
  • Newport Aquarium
  • Office of Senator Rob Portman
  • Ohio National Financial
  • Q Laboratories
  • Red Wolf Sanctuary
  • Ripley Crossing
  • Santa Maria Community Services
  • Snap Fitness
  • Soccer City
  • St. Elizabeth Healthcare
  • Talbert House
  • The Cincinnati Insurance Companies
  • The Literacy Network
  • The Lodge Nursing
  • Training Personally
  • TriHealth
  • Triumph Energy
  • Triversity Construction
  • Western & Southern
  • Western Hills Music
  • Western Southern Tennis Tournament
  • Wood Hudson Research Laboratory



Tuition & Costs


Scholarships Available:

Schmidlapp CITE

  Interested in careers in industry?

Career Potential:

Students graduating with a chemistry degree have multiple career options. It's an excellent major for students interested in a career as a chemist in a wide range of industries or, with additional graduate work, in health-related fields such as PA (physician assistant), medicine, pharmacy, optometry, physical therapy, or medical technology.


Many of our students continue their career path with their undergraduate co-op/internship employer.

  Interested in research or academic environments?
Many of our students continue their passion for science by entering a graduate program in chemistry, biochemistry, or related field. We offer individualized courses to assist in your preparation for graduate school.
  Interested in health care?
Use your chemistry or biochemistry degree to pursue your dreams of medical school, pharmacy school and many other health-related graduate programs.  We offer individualized advising based on your health career interest.
  Alumni Stories

Click here to read the full Biochemistry Alumna Q & A article with Valentine Wanga

Click here to read the full Biochemistry Alumna Q & A Article with Nicole Suttles

100% of students employed or in graduate school within 1 year
Scholarships Available: Schmidlapp CITE
Most of our students choose co-op experiences to augment their training

Small school.  Hands-on, individualized training, one on one with PhD full-time faculty using a suite of instrumentation found in commercial lab settings.

"I really felt like the professors at the mount had a genuine interest in each of the students and went above and beyond to ensure we were successful. My first job after graduation was because a chemistry professor took an interest in helping me! I did not realize how much of their personal time they donated to students until I had graduated and was working, but I greatly appreciate everything they did for me!"
Quality Manager at Kao
Mount St. Joseph University - B.S. Chemistry '17
Nicole Suttles

"At the Mount, I remember my teachers being available all the time. Mr. Feldhake and Sr. Mary Lucia were in the department all the time, even when not in class.  There was a small study room available in the department. Since I was a commuter student, I spent hours and hours in the study room and would run to ask for help with chem problems whenever I needed help. The concept of office hours was unheard of. The instructors were always there."

Former VP of Academic Affairs at El Camino College
Mount St. Joseph University - B.S. Chemistry '81
Jean Shankweiler

"I owe my confidence in my content to the Physical Science department at MSJ. The one on one conversations I was able to have with my professors really helped me understand the importance of education and gaining knowledge. The access was key. I never once didn’t feel like I didn’t belong in the program, even though sometimes it was very difficult. I was able to do one-on-one research with Dr. Hotz which was really an awesome experience, it really made me appreciate the art of Organic Chemistry."

Northwest High School Science Teacher & Adjunct at MSJ
Mount St. Joseph University - B.S. Chemistry '13
Danielle Stosur
"The Mount’s chemistry program was a great opportunity. The accessibility and knowledgeability of the professors as well as the breadth of information covered in the curriculum provided a solid foundation in the sciences and allowed me to see what was available in the field. I was able to grow that foundation during my internship at Patheon in my senior year and at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital after graduating where I worked in the NMR-based Metabolomics Core for several years. All of these experiences (and a little extra research on career paths) led me to biomedical engineering where I earned a master’s degree, and ultimately helped pave the path to where I am now."
Biomedical Engineering PhD Student at Johns Hopkins
Mount St. Joseph University - B.S. Chemistry '14
Stuart Bauer
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Hands-On Learning:

Under the guidance of faculty, chemistry students at the Mount can participate in original chemistry research. Many research students are co-authors on published chemistry research papers and some present their work at regional professional meetings.

Our extensive cooperative education opportunities provide real-life experiences in industrial settings and research labs in greater Cincinnati. These co-op positions have often led to full-time positions for our students.

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High School Outreach

Beyond the Campus

Mount St. Joseph University is involved in a variety of activities that improve and enhance the quality of life in the Cincinnati area and beyond. These activities include service, performing arts, visual arts, leisure classes for mature adults, athletic camps, and high school academic programs.

While the University prepares students as effective professionals, we’ve long recognized that there’s more to life than career. It’s also about being productive citizens and ethical leaders ready, willing and able to contribute to the greater good. 

News and Updates

Stay up to date with the most recent chemistry program news and events; visit the Department of Biomedical & Natural Sciences page.

Solidify your choice in which college to attend by visiting our campus.

Our Scholarships, Grants, and Loans webpage provides valuable information and tools for helping you learn about college financial aid.

Additional Resources

  Undergraduate Tuition
  Program Requirements
  Fact Card